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Public Land Survey Marks
Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.
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Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.

There is a new tool for Google Earth for mapping out the PLSS here is the link

PLSS in Google Earth

These are comprised of private survey marks, local government survey marks, boundary poles, private property lines, cairns, rock paint marks, notched boulders, and many more. They can commonly be found defining townships, subdivisions of townships, park boundaries, federal property boundaries, etc.

This category can also include boundary marks and survey marks accomplished by private survey companies used in redefining property lines and construction projects.

If you find a USGS benchmark, then please file it in the US Benchmarks category or other appropriate benchmark category.

More information of survey marks can be found at: PLSS in Wikipedia

Here are pictures and diagrams of what some of these marks look like:

The above plaque is for townshipping. This metal map is divided into 6x6, 1 mile squares; thus the 36 sections of a township. The nail or remaining hole shows you where you are in the township. There is almost always a stone monument near this:

Above is one of the PLSS monuments. In some cases benchmarks have been or are being placed at these stone monuments.

The smallest the plaques will be divided is a 1/16 corner; that is 1/16 of a 1 mile section; or 40 acre corners which equals .250 miles. Private surveyors usually make the smaller ones.

Next to this monument is usually a bearing tree and witness tree (or two witness trees), or even a sign. Scars on the trees will indicate bearing. Here is a witness post:

Here are diagrams of scared trees:

 

There are also several different ways corner marks are represented. These can be chiseled rocks, painted marks, ribbons, wooden posts, cairns, and more:

 

Instructions for Posting a Public Land Survey Marks Waymark:
Post a close up picture of the survey mark. Also post at least one picture of the area giving reference to where the mark is in the immediate area. No GPS photos in the waymark description/photos. Please provide detailed information regarding its location and any specifics of the land it is defining.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please submit a photo(s) taken by you of your visit to the location (non-copyrighted photos only). GPS photos are also accepted with the location in the background, and old vacation photos are accepted. If you are not able to provide a photo, then please describe your visit or give a story about the visit. If you have additional information about the survey mark which is not listed in the waymark description, please notify the waymark owner to have it added, and please post the information in your visit log.
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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walt Miller in 1998; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 2163

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/24/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walt Miller in 1998; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 2171

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/24/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William Ham in 2002; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 2165

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/24/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA - Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2002; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 2167

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/20/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS township corner set by Robert M. Karl in 1980; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0151

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/18/2014

last visited: never

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Thanks to mTn_biKer65 for pointing me towards this war department boundary stone - a sister stone to one he waymarked that's within eye sight.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 8/17/2014

last visited: 8/19/2014

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Early survey marker for the intersection that never came to be: West 65th St and Sixth Ave.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member walkerm

location: New York

date approved: 8/13/2014

last visited: 8/10/2014

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This section corner is located south of Table Mountain Rd in Klamath County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/10/2014

last visited: never

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This Public Land Survey Mark is on the south side of Hillside Road, halfway between Heatherdale Road and Pine Ridge Road in the Oakbank area of Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 8/5/2014

last visited: never

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This Public Land Survey Mark is at Highway 206 and Hillside Road in the Oakbank area of Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 8/5/2014

last visited: never

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This Public Land Survey Mark is at Heatherdale Road and Hillside Road in the Oakbank area of Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 8/5/2014

last visited: never

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This section corner is located south of Table Rock Rd in Klamath County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/4/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksUSDOI 'S 16 AP 4 LOT 1' Cadastral Disk - Jackson County, OR

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This cadastral survey disk resides at Hyatt Lake Resort in Jackson County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 7/31/2014

last visited: never

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This Public Land Survey Mark is at Pine Ridge Road and Lorne Hill Road in the Oakbank area of Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 7/30/2014

last visited: 6/26/2009

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This Public Land Survey Mark is at Lorne Hill Road and Deacon Road in the Oakbank area of Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 7/30/2014

last visited: 6/26/2009

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This Public Land Survey Mark is on the south side of Zora Road, halfway between Deacon Road and Pine Ridge Road in the Oakbank area of Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 7/29/2014

last visited: 6/26/2009

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This Public Land Survey Mark is on Pine Ridge Road at Hillside Road in the Oakbank area of Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 7/29/2014

last visited: 6/26/2009

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Public Land Survey MarksT37S R5E S19 S20 S29 S30 Pipe Cap - Klamath County, OR

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This section corner is located off Blue Lick Rd in Klamath County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 7/28/2014

last visited: never

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This Public Land Survey Mark is on the south side of Garvin Road (Hwy 213) and half way between Road 26 E and Road 27 E (Hwy 206).

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 7/27/2014

last visited: 6/10/2009

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This Public Land Survey Mark is at Deacon Road and Waugh Road in the Oakbank area of Manitoba..

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 7/27/2014

last visited: 7/28/2014

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County of Sacramento, Dept. of Public Works mark

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sbcamper

location: California

date approved: 7/24/2014

last visited: never

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This section corner is located near the junction of Keno Access Rd and Howard Prairie Rd in Jackson County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 7/17/2014

last visited: never

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This section corner is located just north of Dead Indian Memorial Rd in Jackson County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 7/16/2014

last visited: never

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This section corner is located just south of Dead Indian Memorial Rd in Jackson County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 7/15/2014

last visited: never

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Round Metal Commonwealth of Virginia DOT Survey Mark. Engraved 029 2275. Set in concrete.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PIRATE RAT

location: Virginia

date approved: 7/10/2014

last visited: never

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